Jimmy Cliff

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Jimmy Cliff

Jamaican musician, singer and actoradd

Category: Music

Born in 1948.

Countries: Jamaica (25%), United States (21%), Cuba (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Many Rivers to Cross, I Can See Clearly Now, Joe Higgs

Linked to: Island Records, Conservative Party, Gaumont Film Company, Columbia Records




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Jimmy Cliff was born in 1948 add something


Buster Pearson - He moved to the UK in the late 1960s and toured as a guitarist with the likes of Otis Redding, Jimmy Cliff, Wilson_Pickett and Desmond Dekker


At the age of 14, his career took off when his third single, "Hurricane Hattie" became a hit. add something


Leslie Kong - In 1962, he recorded Bob Marley's first single: 'One Cup of Coffee' and 'Judge Not', and Jimmy Cliff's first hit, 'Miss Jamaica'.


Jimmy Cliff - Hurricane Hatty, 1962.  



In 1964, Cliff was chosen as one of Jamaica's representatives at the World's Fair and he soon signed to Island Records and moved to the UK. Island Records initially tried to sell Cliff to the rock audience, but his career took off in the late 1960s. add something


Many Rivers to Cross - "'Many Rivers to Cross"'" is a song written in 1969 by Jimmy Cliff


It was produced by Kong, with whom Cliff remained until Kong's death from a heart attack in 1971. add something


In 1972, Cliff starred as Ivanhoe "Ivan" Martin in the classic reggae film, The Harder They Come, directed by Perry Henzell. add something


The film made its debut at London's Notting Hill Gaumont cinema on 1 September 1972. add something


Joe Higgs - For a while Higgs toured with Jimmy Cliff, acting as his bandleader as well as writing songs for Cliff including 'Dear Mother', and performed with The Wailers on their US tour when Bunny Wailer refused to go on the tour in 1973.


The Wailing Souls - By 1974 Downer and Davis had left, and original member Buddy Haye returned, along with Joe Higgs, although Higgs' tenure in the band was short-lived as he was recruited for a US tour with Jimmy Cliff


Ernest Ranglin - Ranglin toured with Jimmy Cliff in the dual role of music director/guitarist, which resulted in the 1976 album release "In Concert: The Best of Jimmy Cliff"


Keith Richards - His first solo single released in 1978 was versions of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come


Wally Badarou - All the while close to Island Records's founder Chris Blackwell, he was one of the Compass Point All Stars , the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a long series of albums of the 1980s recorded by Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs


Gilberto Gil - He worked with Jimmy Cliff and released a cover of "No Woman, No Cry" with him in 1980, a number one hit that introduced reggae to Brazil


During the 1981 River Tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band added Cliff's previously little-known song "Trapped" to their live set; it achieved great prominence when included on 1985's We Are the World benefit album. add something


In 1984 Cliff appeared at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands. add something


Also in 1985 Cliff contributed to the song "Sun City," a protest song written and composed by Steven Van Zandt and recorded by Artists United Against Apartheid to convey opposition to the South African policy of apartheid. add something


Cliff appeared as the Jamaican musician and revolutionary, Ernest Reed, in the 1986 comedy Club Paradise, co-starring with Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole, and contributed several songs to the soundtrack, including "Seven Day Weekend", which he sang with Elvis Costello. add something


Louise Bennett-Coverley - In 1986, she appeared as Portia in the comedy film "Club Paradise", starring Robin Williams, Jimmy Cliff and Peter O'Toole


In 1988, his song 'Shelter of Your Love' was featured in the hit film Cocktail. add something


Cliff appeared in the film Marked for Death in 1990, performing "John Crow" with the Jimmy Cliff Band. add something


Cliff's recording of "You Can Get It If You Really Want" was used as a campaign anthem by the Sandinista National Liberation Front in the 1990 election in Nicaragua. add something


In 1991 Cliff appeared at the second Rock in Rio festival in the Estadio do MaracanĂ£ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. add something


He continued to sell well in Jamaica and, to a lesser extent, the UK, returning to the mainstream pop charts in the US and elsewhere (1 in France) with a version of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" on the Cool Runnings film soundtrack in 1993. add something


I Can See Clearly Now - It was covered by many artists throughout the years, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff, who re-recorded it for the motion picture soundtrack of "Cool Runnings", where it reached the top 20 at No. 18 on the "Billboard" Hot 100


I Can See Clearly Now - Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff recorded a cover of the song for the 1993 movie "Cool Runnings"


Jimmy Cliff - I can see clearly now, from the Cool Runnings film soundtrack, 1993.  



In 1995 Cliff released the single "Hakuna Matata," a collaboration with Lebo M, a song from the soundtrack of the film The Lion King. add something


Toni Childs - In 1996, "The Very Best Of Toni Childs" was released, becoming the fifth biggest-selling album of 1996 in Australia on the back of the re-release of her cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross", which she recorded in 1989


In 2002, Cliff released the album Fantastic Plastic People in Europe, after first providing free downloads using p2p software. add something


Patterson honoured Cliff on 20 October 2003, by awarding him The Order of Merit, the nation's third-highest honour, in recognition of his contributions to the film and music of Jamaica. add something


In 2004 Cliff completely reworked the songs, dropping the traditional reggae in favour of an electronica sound, for inclusion in Black Magic. add something


Skatalites - In March 2006, The Skatalites played at La Bal De La Rose for Caroline, Princess of Hanover, along with Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers and Alpha Blondy.


In 2007 Cliff performed at the opening Hi World ceremony at Cricket's World Cup. His song "Many Rivers to Cross" references the White Cliffs Of Dover, England. add something


It was adopted by the British Conservative Party during their annual conference in October 2007. add something


More recently, Cliff appeared on the Jazz World Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2008 and again at Glastonbury in 2011. add something


In September 2009, Cliff was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following a campaign on his behalf by the American, Charles Earle. add something


In the spring and summer of 2010, Cliff embarked on an extensive tour of the US and Canada. add something


In 2011, Cliff worked with producer Tim Armstrong, singer of the band Rancid, on The Sacred Fire EP and the full-length album Rebirth. add something


Cliff's 2012 album "Rebirth" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album add something


In December 2012, Cliff was named Artist of the Year by digital newspaper the Caribbean Journal, citing his work on "Rebirth" add something


In February 2013, Cliff won the Best Reggae Album Grammy award for "Rebirth" add something


On 25 June 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Jimmy Cliff among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something